Record Warmth, A Possible Tornado, Then Snow: Chicago’s Unhinged Weather Forecast

CHICAGO — It’s going to be a wacky week of weather in Chicago, with the city slated to see summer-like temperatures, strong storms, hail and snow — all within a few days.

Monday and Tuesday could see record highs for daily temperature, said David King, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

Monday will be windy but could hit 74 degrees, according to the weather service. There’s a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms overnight.

Tuesday could be even hotter, with daytime temperatures squarely in the 70s and a possible high of 78 degrees.

But what some have dubbed “fake spring” will likely be short-lived. A more significant thunderstorm is expected Tuesday afternoon through overnight, with a lot of rain and lightning, King said. Large hail, damaging winds and “possibly a tornado or two” could also come along for the ride, according to the weather service.

But King expects the bulk of the storms to hit south of Chicago and east of I-55.

By Wednesday, a “cold shot” will hit the city and make temperatures drop by about 40 degrees, King said.

It’ll be partly sunny Wednesday with a high in the low 30s, according to the weather service. The “robust cold front” could turn any lingering rain into snow Wednesday morning, King said.

King said the wild swings in temperature are due to shifting winds, with the city drawing some weather from the north, and some from the south.

“What’s unique is that it’s February, and to have record highs, already a chance of thunderstorms, a cold swing and maybe snow behind it, it makes this a truly unique event,” King said. “It’s certainly an active weather week. Our phones are going to be ringing off the hook.”

According to preliminary weather reports, temperatures could stabilize a bit towards the end of the week.

Thursday and Friday will be sunny with daytime highs in the low 40s and 50s, respectively.

And a sunny weekend for “fake spring” picnics and leisurely strolls could be on the horizon. Daytime highs on Saturday and Sunday are expected in the low 60s.

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